Hartlepool pub beer festival pulls in punters and charity cash

Early drinkers at The Fishermens Arms Beer Festival, Hartlepool Headand on Bank Hiliday Monday.
Early drinkers at The Fishermens Arms Beer Festival, Hartlepool Headand on Bank Hiliday Monday.

Ales and ciders aplenty were supped as a Hartlepool pub put on a beer festival.

The Fisherman’s Arms on the Headland was the venue for the fun during the Bank Holiday weekend.

And as well as visitors having a good time sampling drinks, money was also raised for good causes with several bands and performers playing in front of punters at a blues session.

Pub landlady Hazel Whitelock told the Mail: “We started things on Friday and it’s gone really well since then.

“We’ve managed to raise £120 for Marie Curie which we are going to put together with money that we raise for putting on a Blues night once a month so it should be more by then.

“There’s been quite a few come along particularly on the Sunday and I think that’s because the White Negroes were playing.

“I couldn’t say how many people have been but it’s quite a few.”

Among the drinks on sale at the festival were Summer Solstice, Last Tap, Hook, Line and Sinker, Thelonius Punk, The Important of Being Ernest and Malt Teaser.

Bruhaus, Maximus and Wolf were also available to visitors.

“We’ve had 17 different cask ales and two different real ciders as well,” added Hazel.

“I only buy from local breweries so there are ones at places like Billingham and Ferryhill that I use.

“I do that because I want to keep small businesses going.

“We want to be a community pub, one which is dog friendly, and if I help these breweries then they can help me if I need drinks at short notice.”

The festival is one of two which the Fisherman’s Arms puts on every year, with another held over Easter.

“There isn’t a lot of drink left so it’s all about to go,” said Hazel.

“It’s been a lot of work but I suppose that proves it has been a successful weekend and people have enjoyed themselves.”